Michael Robert Thornton is currently a resident of Paling Court, who has just celebrated his 75th birthday. He received a wonderful surprise recently when a friend visited him to present him with a Certificate from the Kugatsu Judo Club.
Michael was the Foundation President of the Kugatsu Judo Club when it was first established in September 1967. The club held a large celebration recently to recognise 50 years since it’s formation. The certificate was presented to Michael by Robert Moore at a small ceremony at Paling Court. The Kugatsu Judo Club with approximately 12 others, amicably separated from the Samurai Judo Club, and Michael’s efforts and example inspired others to develop the club and promote the club within the community. Ultimately, the club has benefited and influenced hundreds of people throughout the years.
The club has produced Olympic, National, and International representatives, and past and existing members continue to set a positive example for others in Judo, and in life. The foundation members had a powerful influence, and the Kugatsu Judo Club grew and continues to grow today. It is currently the fifth largest Judo Club in NSW. Judo is an absorbing and enjoyable sport. It develops stamina, strength, skill, and agility, and helps to develop many other life skills as well.
Michael has always been a thoughtful and respected member of the community. His approach to education, work, family, and all aspects of life have made him a positive example for others, and an asset to society.
Michael has been presented with a plaque recognising the importance of his efforts in developing the club and promoting the ideals of Judo.